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All those birds and no poop?

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Today (20th March) was spent at the Singapore bird park. This consisted of around 3,500 birds covering about 900 species. Although a lot of these were in open spaces (e.g. flamingos, which when I saw them, I got the inexplicable urge to play croquet) there were also a number of aviaries.
One, which recreated a rainforest, has the largest man-made waterfall in the world - there's a challenge for any landscape gardeners out there. Other aviaries included the largest in SE Asia, and one that simulated a thunderstorm and associated rainfall once a day (ironically, there was a thunderstorm while we were at the park).

In the evening, we found a nice restaurant in the Singapore Chinatown Cultural centre and had a great value meal (entree, main course and soft drinks for 2 for $35), although the owner made Eddie Maguire seem shy and retiring - posters and news articles about him adorned the length of one wall and a TV was playing a continuous stream of programmes about him. I guess he is running for Prime Minister next. After dinner, we had our last walk through Chinatown, stopping to take a few photos before returning to our room.

So, time for my thoughts on Singapore: this is our second time here, the previous time we stayed briefly in Raffles while on honeymoon; doing it "backpacker style" is a real contrast. Before arriving, I thought it would be the same prices as Australia but have been pleasantly surprised that it isn't the case. I would come back again, and could probably do budget accommodation again. If visiting for the first time, I would recommend shelling out as much as possible as Singapore does luxury well, but make sure to check out Chinatown, staying until past sun down, if possible.

Posted by jefranklin 04:20 Archived in Singapore Tagged backpacking round_the_world city_break

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